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Would You Put Your Life on the Line to Lead?

August 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Would You Put Your Life on the Line to Lead? · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game

Tahmina Kohistani is not likely to win any medals.  Her best time in the 100 yard dash is 3 seconds off the championship pace- and she will not have the advantage of running in shorts and an athletic shirt.  She is the lone female athlete from Afghanistan.  The fact that she is in London, despite […]

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Is it a Dream or a Vision?

January 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Is it a Dream or a Vision? · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Organizations at Their Best

It is that time of year again.  The crowds at the gym and walking paths have begun to thin from their Jan 3 crowd levels.  The meetings about new goals and objectives are receding and the day to day work of execution is moving back to center stage.  Airplanes have fewer holiday travelers and more […]

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A Surgeon’s view of Coaching

November 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on A Surgeon’s view of Coaching · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game

New Yorker Magazine ran this article on coaching in their October 3 issue.  It is surprising for a few reasons, not least of which is that it is written not by a coach but by a surgeon.  Realizing the importance of continuous improvement, he decided to find someone to observe his work and then engage […]

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Lessons from the Arts Community

October 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Lessons from the Arts Community · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best

This week, I attended the Arkansas Arts Council awards banquet.  I thought I was there to honor Martin and Melissa Thoma as they accepted their award for Corporate Sponsorship of the Arts in recognition of the tremendous amount they do both personally, and in services in kind.  Governor Beebe was entertaining and on point as […]

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Become A Leader Virtual Leadership Conference

September 17th, 2011 · Comments Off on Become A Leader Virtual Leadership Conference · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best, Playing a Bigger Game, Thoughts on Life and Leadership

I was not planning to start blogging again until October; however, I want anyone reading to have access to the inaugural Become a Leader virtual leadership conference.  Information on BALO and the resources offered are that the preceding link.  This is an amazing undertaking that is designed to make the kind of serious leadership development […]

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PonderThis: How a Leader Becomes a Leader

March 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: How a Leader Becomes a Leader · Follow the Leaders, PonderThis

One of the questions that often comes up in leadership development is whether leaders are born or made?  Is all the effort to develop leaders worthwhile?  Sometimes I feel like Woody Allen’s character in Stardust Memories- interrogating super intelligent beings who tell him “You are asking the wrong questions.” For a radically different approach to […]

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PonderThis: The Cost of Not Listening

March 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: The Cost of Not Listening · Follow the Leaders, PonderThis

I generally stay away from “postmortem” work, but a client recently asked me to look into what was behind the failure of a sizable process change they had attempted.  I talked with sponsors, end users, members of the project team and heard all the usual stuff.  But it was in an all but accidental conversation […]

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PonderThis: Google in Egypt- Testing Corporate Values

February 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Google in Egypt- Testing Corporate Values · Follow the Leaders, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis

I have often railed here about the cynicism and negativity created by hollow corporate values.  But today we get to see the power of a core principal when it survives the stress test. Google has a lot at stake in Egypt.  It remains to be seen if the uprising, in part started and led by […]

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PonderThis: Not Left or Right… Forward

January 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on PonderThis: Not Left or Right… Forward · Follow the Leaders, Organizations at Their Best, Playing a Bigger Game, PonderThis

I have been reading the start up information on a group calling themselves “No Labels”.  They seem to be addressing not the issues themselves, but the way that we, through our media and government, address those issues.  I find myself hopeful that the organization will be a call for change in the way we debate […]

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Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

January 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Beyond New Year’s Resolutions · Follow the Leaders, Great Questions, Playing a Bigger Game

It is that time of year again- New Years means New Year’s resolutions.  Recently my web feeds have been full of cynical articles about why we are so poor at keeping resolutions.  The stories of gyms that are crowded from Jan 1 until about mid February are legion this time of year- and sadly accurate.  […]

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